Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
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Research article
20 Mar 2013
Research article |  | 20 Mar 2013

Estimation of insurance premiums for coverage against natural disaster risk: an application of Bayesian Inference

Y. Paudel, W. J. W. Botzen, and J. C. J. H. Aerts

Abstract. This study applies Bayesian Inference to estimate flood risk for 53 dyke ring areas in the Netherlands, and focuses particularly on the data scarcity and extreme behaviour of catastrophe risk. The probability density curves of flood damage are estimated through Monte Carlo simulations. Based on these results, flood insurance premiums are estimated using two different practical methods that each account in different ways for an insurer's risk aversion and the dispersion rate of loss data. This study is of practical relevance because insurers have been considering the introduction of flood insurance in the Netherlands, which is currently not generally available.

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